Halve the Calf Salve
Most words containing an -lv- sequence insist on having the -l- pronounced, such as solve or valve. There are a few exceptions that retain the letter -l- but do not pronounce it. Consider calve, halve, and salve.
Calve, meaning to give birth, is indebted to various Germanic and Scandinavian terms meaning a bovine calf; it appeared in print in the year 1,000. Later, the word was used to describe a chunk of ice breaking off from a glacier or an iceberg.
The verb halve developed from the noun half, indebted to a combination of Germanic and
Scandinavian words meaning side. The original idea was that objects had a left side and a right side. Focusing just on one was halving the object (one-siding it). The noun half showed up in print in 700, and the verb halve in 1300.
Salve descended from various Teutonic words that were cognates to a Sanskrit word meaning oily butter. The first written instance goes back to 700.
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